Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers May 21-27




CMU'S Broadcast and Cinematic Arts department takes step forward, becomes school of BCA

A popular Central Michigan University academic program recently received a boost in stature after decades of successfully preparing broadcast media professionals. The naming of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts was approved by CMU's Board of Trustees in April and was effective immediately, making the former department's May 2006 graduates the first alumni of the new school.

"This is quite a comprehensive program," said Peter Orlik, director of the school. "It was time to move to a designation that mirrors that. Other major programs tend to have the school designation; it is flagged by the industry as having a certain maturity. "This will establish who we are," he said. "It signals the gains we've made and will enhance our national visibility." Orlik also expects that the move will prove beneficial to the school's graduates when they apply for jobs, as the school designation "signals that it's a professional program."

First established as a subarea of the speech and dramatic arts department's theatre and interpretation area in 1969, broadcast and cinematic arts became a self-standing area in 1970 and achieved department status in 1979. Today, the school offers five undergraduate degree programs and a three-track Master of Arts program.

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts is one of only a few in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the field. In addition, it is the only program in the state with a combined degree program through which students can earn a broadcast and cinematic arts major and secondary-level teaching certification in communication.

In addition to its academic offerings, the school boasts six cocurricular activities and two student organizations. Its television station, Moore Hall Television, has been named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters College Station of the Year for five consecutive years. In addition, both MHTV and student radio station WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 FM have won numerous programming and production awards from state and national broadcasting organizations.

For more information about the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.


WOAP, an AM radio station that has been a staple in Owosso for more than 50 years, is off the air. You may know it as AM 1080. Either way, it has many people in Mid Michigan wondering where it went... WOAP in Owosso off the air (Wed 5/24)

Flint Journal:

Jim Gaver stood in an editing room at the WFUM (Channel 28) studios in the White Building at the University of Michigan-Flint watching footage from an upcoming special on the Crim Festival of Races' 30th anniversary. That's when it dawned on him. "It's like looking back at my entire career," said the man who has spent most of his 40-year career in public broadcasting with the Flint station. That run will come to an end Wednesday when Gaver retires. He's the only program director the station's ever had... Public face (Fri 5/26)

The Michigan version of the Emmys have been announced and some local TV stations did very well, including one that dumped its news team. WJRT (Channel 12) is up for nine awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which will be handed out June 17 in Novi. Public television station WFUM (Channel 28) hauled in six nominations, as did the University of Michigan-Flint for its impressive "I Am UM-Flint" ads... News crews nominated for top honors (Fri 5/26)







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